Category Archives: Airlines

United Innovates a Win-Win for Over-Sold Flights

Problem: Air traveler anger and airline embarrassment over mishandled bumps on overbooked flights. Solution: Technology that manages buyouts on flights nearing sell-out up to five days in advance. United Airlines, which has taken a public-relations beating this year over several incidents, including overbooking, is testing a Flex Schedule Program invented by Volantio, an Atlanta-based tech…

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Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines Cultivates a Pioneering Spirit

Alaska-Virgin merger expands options for connecting worldwide Alaska Airlines started in 1932, when Linious “Mac” McGee began flying a three-passenger Stinson out of Anchorage. A lot has changed since then. It now serves more than 40 million customers to 119 destinations and five countries. Smart Meetings checked in with Alaska Air Group to find out…

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Closing door to cuba?

Industry Reacts to Tourism Budget Cuts, TSA Policy Changes and More

Closing Door to Cuba? After President Barack Obama softened restrictions on traveling to Cuba and some airlines began offering direct flights to the island nation from the United States, interest in incentive and meeting travel to the formerly isolated country quickly escalated and investment in hospitality infrastructure increased. Recent news that President Donald Trump plans…

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Airlines & Airports Say Yes Way to Rosé and Other Perks

Travelers are often a bit antsy to reach their destination. Some airlines and airports have come up with clever ways to win your loyalty by introducing perks so you won’t mind waiting around or flying a bit longer. Whether you’re up in the air or your feet are firmly planted on the ground, traveling is…

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71 Airports May Be Affected by Possible Laptop Ban Expansion

European airports currently under consideration for an expanded ban on bringing laptops onto jetliner cabins can avoid this sanction, says U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. Kelly told a House of Representatives panel that his deputy will travel to a conference in Malta next week “to present what we think are the minimum increased…

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Enticing Reasons to Plan a Meeting in Southwest Florida

Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill at DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Myers Beach Air service via most major carriers is available to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, 34 miles north of Naples. There are 46 nonstop destinations on 14 different carriers, with new routes recently added. The region’s major meetings destinations…

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JetBlue Tests Facial Recognition for Paperless Boarding

Boarding a jetliner is now as easy as stepping in front of a camera. Paperless and deviceless self-boarding is what Jet Blue calls it in announcing that the airline will be the first to partner with U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to use biometrics and facial recognition technology to verify customers at the gate…

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TSA to Require More Items to Be Removed From Bags at Checkpoints

You may need to grab some extra bins and pack your patience at the security checkpoint next time you fly. Ten major U.S. airports are participating in a trial of a new Transportation Security Administration process. Checkpoints at LAX, Boston Logan, Detroit Metropolitan, and more will now require ticketed passengers to remove electronics larger than…

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Millennials Choose American Airlines as Top Brand

Because of millennial influence, American Airlines won its first Airline Brand of the Year honor in the Harris Poll’s 29th annual EquiTrend Study. The study, which measures brand health over time, found that American adults born after 1980 gave a big boost to travel brands—most notably airlines and cruise lines. American Airlines has a higher equity rating…

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flight laptop ban

Laptop Ban May Expand to US Outbound Flights

The days of flying overseas with your laptop in tow might be numbered. Laptop restrictions could possibly expand to flights departing from the United States to locations in other countries and it will be very broad, with the inclusion of many airports, according to a CNN report. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly did not specifically…

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